AmericanaFest Lineup Announced; Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Resume; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | June 24th, 2014

  • The Hattiesburg American reports that the Coca-Cola building in Philadelphia, Mississippi is being transformed into a warehouse associated with the proposed Marty Stuart Center. When it opens, the Center will hold Stuart’s collection of country music memorabilia.
  • Ruthie Foster will release Promise of a New Day on August 19. USA Today premiered one of the tracks, “Singing the Blues.”
  • A fundraising campaign has been launched to help provide – and subsequently maintain – a headstone for Mamie Smith nearly 70 years after the blues singer’s death.
  • In other fundraising news, Dan Keen and Jon Weisberger are heading up a benefit record to help support IBMA. The album will include folks like Pam Tillis, The Gibson Brothers, Shawn CampSierra Hull, and Jim Lauderdale.
  • Kelly Dearmore reviewed Kris Kristofferson’s recent show in Dallas.
  • Stream Sean Watkins’ All I Do is Lie before its July 1 release.
  • Kelsey Waldon’s new record is one of my favorite of the summer. Here’s a recent Q&A she did with CMT Edge’s Brian T. Atkinson.
  • Skip Matheny of American Songwriter did a fine interview with Dolly Parton.
  • John Fullbright on his excellent new record, Songs: If you don’t start with a song, you’re not going to end up with much…That’s not to say that I haven’t gone into a studio and put bells and whistles on stuff, and overproduced before. It just happened to be that with these songs for the record, the more that we scrutinized and looked at it real close, they really didn’t need much to get the point across. Even with coming up with the title, that’s where our minds were – that we didn’t need to wax poetic too much about what we had, because they kind of spoke [for] themselves.”
  • This year’s AmericanaFest lineup looks killer, with Lee Ann Womack, Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Parker Millsap, and many more all scheduled to perform. More artists will be announced at a later date.
  • American Songwriter’s “Nashville Issue” will hit newsstands July 8, but you can get a digital copy now.
  • Paste put together a list of 10 folky covers (by folks like Tim O’Brien, The Duhks, and Chris Thile) of pop, rock, and hip-hop songs.
  • Singer-songwriter Jonah Tolchin’s new record is streaming here.
  • This week’s album releases (If you dig the content on E145, we’d appreciate it if you’d purchase your music through our affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you extra, but help us offset site expenses.):

The Duhks Beyond the Blue

Carolina Story Chapter Two

Robert Gordon I’m Coming Home

Jess Klein Learning Faith

Sarah Borges Radio Sweetheart

Matt Harlan Raven Hotel

Janiva Magness Original

Ron Gallo Ronny

Mike Scott & Friends The Old Country Church

The Tall Pines Black Ribbon

The Loudermilks The Loudermilks

Caleb Caudle – Paint Another Layer on My Heart

Jim Mize Jim Mize       

Green River Ordinance – The Collection: Live & Unplugged

Waylon Speed – Kin                   

Rebirth Brass Band Move Your Body

Various Artists Classic African American Songsters from Smithsonian Folkways

  • And a book:

Ray Stevens Ray Stevens’ Nashville

  1. bob
    June 24, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Read the Village Voice Brandy Clark article yesterday and the Times here today. (Today I get an error message for the VV and RS articles.)

    Clark’s website is offering a free download of the song “I Cried” if you join her mailing list.

    I think I read that Kacey’s album has sold over 400,000 copies. I wonder how many “12 Stories” has sold?

  2. Leeann Ward
    June 24, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I got an error too.

    • Juli Thanki
      June 24, 2014 at 10:30 am

      I just redid the links; cross your fingers and give ‘em another try.

  3. Arlene
    June 24, 2014 at 10:45 am

    FWIW, I had never heard of him until I saw him open for Patty Griffin a couple of weeks ago, but I thought that Parker Millsap, who will be performing at Americana Fest, was terrific. I enjoyed both his material and his skill as a live performer. And he’s not even old enough to legally order a beer– I think he’s only 20 years old… He’s worth checking out.

    • Juli Thanki
      June 24, 2014 at 10:58 am

      He’s fantastic. I caught his show over the winter — he reminded me of a young Jason Isbell or young(er) John Fullbright, and you can’t go wrong with a song in which a banjo string is used to garrote one of the characters. I think Millsap turned 21 a few months ago, so now he can legally enjoy a post-show beer. ;-)

  4. Leeann Ward
    June 24, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Juli,
    Yes, they work now. Thanks!

    The Village Voice review was very good and the RS interview was amusing. I haven’t seen a Brandy Clark show, but I didn’t like the NY Times review.

    Bob,
    Thanks for the tip on the free download. Very good song and it shows another part of her vocal ability that we haven’t heard before.:)

  5. Blake Boldt
    June 24, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Parker Millsap, with his slightly herky-jerky stage mannerisms and rockabilly musings, reminds me most of Carl Perkins. Seen him on a handful of occasions just in the last year and have been more and more impressed each time.

  6. Barry Mazor
    June 24, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Another, yep from here; Parker’s the real deal–and of his own sort, I think..

  7. Jonathan Pappalardo
    June 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    “I Cried” is stunning. Probably one of my favorite Brandy Clark songs. Her vocal and phrasing are fantastic, just like her storytelling. Downloaded it last fall from her website. Believe it’s the most played BC song in my iTunes library. “Just Like Him” is right behind it.

  8. luckyoldsun
    June 24, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Not having heard him, I ordered Parker Millsap’s CD a couple of months back, strictly based on his name.

    Well, I don’t think he can challenge Ronnie Milsap as a singer, but it’s a pretty good disc.

  9. Dave D.
    June 24, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Having had the benefit of listening to Sarah Borges’ Radio Sweetheart for awhile prior to its official release, I heartily endorse it.

    Here’s hoping that the AmericanaFest front loads some of the premiere acts to Wednesday and Thursday nights, for those of us leaving Friday for Bristol Rhythym and Roots. Maybe we can catch a ride over with Parker Milsap, who is performing at both.

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